The Minister’s telephone conversations
Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel
On May 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke over the phone with German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel. The call was initiated by the German side.
Following President Vladimir Putin’s talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 2 in Sochi, the ministers addressed current issues on the international agenda.
The ministers reaffirmed their readiness to continue working closely together within the framework of the Normandy format to bring about a speedy settlement of the internal conflict in Ukraine based on the full implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures by all parties. They underscored the need to ensure a durable ceasefire, safe zones and the withdrawal of heavy weapons. Russia prioritised the importance of making simultaneous progress on the political provisions of the Minsk agreements. Sergey Lavrov also called for action to get the Kiev authorities to lift the trade, economic and transport blockade.
The officials also touched on a number of current issues in Russian-German relations, including a timetable for bilateral contacts at the top and high level.
Mr Lavrov noted the importance of the fourth International Meeting on Syria, which took place on May 3-4 in Astana, for strengthening the ceasefire regime by establishing de-escalation zones and paving the way for the next round of UN-brokered intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.